Jesus died on the cross because of two things. First it was because God loves you beyond measure and the second is because God hates sin to the core. Let me paint the scenario as it will help make it clearer.
Many had argued God chased Adam and Eve out of the Garden because He hated them as a result of their sins, it is not true, it doesn’t showcase the nature of God at all. God wasn’t happy with them for their sins but He didn’t hate them. He drove them out of the garden because He loved them and hated sin. How? As sinners, if they were to reach out and eat of the tree of life, they would live forever and of course live as sinners! That was the devil’s plan. In order to be able to save them from sin, God had to drive them out of the Garden of Eden so that the fruit of life will not give their sinful nature the ability to remain forever, it will only make them second devils.
“And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever:” Genesis 3:22
From the above scripture, we will discover man was not chased out of the Garden as a form of punishment but because God wanted to save man and destroy the shackles of sin.
Sometimes, God allows some kind of punishment to come upon people for their sins because He loves them and wants to save them from such sin. He is not allowing the punishment as a form of payment for their sins but as a form of rebuke. Jesus for instance was nailed on the cross and God did something spectacular! When Jesus had cried that God had forsaken him (Matthew 27:46), his spirit was safe in God’s hand (Luke 23:46). God looked back on the sin and not on the Son. Jesus was carrying the sins of the world and God didn’t want to look on those sins. If God was to pity Jesus, Jesus wouldn’t have paid the price for sin. It was the Adamic nature that God looked away from and not the nature of Jesus… The nature of Jesus was and is the nature of God. The cross signifies God’s hatred for sin, God’s rejection of the Adamic nature and God’s love for man.
In both Hebrews 12:6 and Proverbs 3:12, we see a very profound statement that best describes the nature of God in dealing with people and sin. God doesn’t deal with sinners as to destroy them but rather to bring them back to himself. The Bible said “for God corrects those He loves just as a father corrects a child in whom He delights”. I want to clearly point out that Satan is in the business of trying to convince people that God condones sin as long as one becomes a Christian but that is not true. In fact, once you become a Christian, you have joined in the army that is fighting against darkness. God has victory over sin but many men have not entered that victory because they have not believed. We are in the business of championing righteousness and faith in God and not in meddling with sin. God condones people but not their sins. God can allow His children experience great deal of suffering if that would bring them back to Himself and not because He desires their destruction. God passionately announced that contrary to the erroneous thoughts, He doesn’t delight in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23) but rather wants them to turn from their wicked ways and live. You see… God hates sin because sin kills God’s people, sin destroys God’s people but once a man is set free from the shackles of sin, he becomes a living man.
Let’s look at Jesus and see how he reacted to sin. The loving, caring and passionate Jesus took time to make whip from some ropes (John 2:15). Making whips in those times aren’t as easy as getting a stick. Whips were made from leather or ropes and fastened to a stick. Jesus took time to make whip and drive them all out of the temple. He wasn’t doing that because he hated them, he was doing it because he wanted God to be worshipped the right way. The wise man wrote in Proverbs that if we want to spare the child we better not spare the rod! It may be a painful process but God wants us to live up to our calling.
Since God hates evil this much, if you have received His kind of life, you must and should hate sin as much. The bible made it clear that we become like Christ the moment we receive him into our hearts and believe in his unchanging sacrifice for our sins. Sinning as a believer is as good as going back to the toilet to eat your dung.
I agree, man is highly irrational and our flesh will always want to do something wrong. How do you treat that? Do what Jesus did… Jesus made a whip to chase all filthy things out of his father’s house. You must make a whip too because the temple is no longer in Jerusalem but in you. Whip shows you’re in authority and power over what you’ll use it against. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:19 that you’re the temple of the Holy Spirit of God and therefore you must guard it jealously. There is even a more shocking statement in 1 Corinthians 3:17, Paul declared that God will destroy any man who destroys His temple. God destroyed the powers of sin because He wanted to safeguard and establish His temple in the man. So when next you face sin, bad habits, addictions, temptations and lots of those negativities… Make a whip!
It maybe a whip of fasting and praying, whip of discomforting yourself, whip of fleeing like Joseph in the face of immorality, whip of not allowing your child walk his own ways but in God’s ways, whip of so many sufferings for the sake of upholding righteousness…
Guard God’s temple jealously and treat sin the way God treats it! Never treat it with light gloves. It doesn’t mean you are paying for your salvation, it means you are exercising your authority over sin! For sin shall not have dominion over anyone who is in Christ!
Hope you are so blessed by this! Feel free to share your thoughts!